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Navigating Health Care Series | Finding Extra Help When You Need It

Mr. Jones is an 83-year-old widower living in his own home. When asked, he’ll tell you he is doing “fair to middling.” He’ll go on to tell you his legs are tired and wobbly and he doesn’t get out as much as he’d used to. He has a scooter, which gets him to town and Read more…

Comox Valley Senior Peer Support’s New Program

The Senior Information and Assistance Support program (SIAS) is a new program for Comox Valley Senior Peer Support. Trained volunteers help seniors navigate the world of online information and forms, provide assistance with applications for programs and supports such as the Shelter Allowance for Elderly Renters (SAFER), help seniors navigate phone trees, contract for service Read more…

Keystone Eldercare Solutions Has A New Website

I am really excited to announce Keystone Eldercare Solutions’ new website! Click HERE to go right through to the site OR watch the video below and I will give you a quick tour of the new site.     If you have any comments, feedback OR find errors, please connect with me – my team Read more…

Successful Aging – What Does It Mean To You?

I love theoretical models. More than that, I love finding ways to apply evidence-based theory to everyday living. John Rowe and Robert Kahn developed a Successful Aging model way back in 1987 (see image below). What I like about their model is its simplicity. And what I like even more, is its relevancy almost 30 Read more…

Did You Know It Takes Up to 4 Years before a Family Caregiver Asks for Help?

So for goodness sake, don’t be a statistic! Last week, we celebrated Family Caregivers Week in BC.  You probably didn’t hear about it on the news, because, family caregivers are rarely recognized in our communities even though without them, our health care system would come crashing down. So most importantly, thank a family caregiver and Read more…

Guiding Principles of the Canadian Caregiver Strategy

Psst…Do you know a family caregiver?  Pass it on. When someone who is known to be looking after or helping someone is asked, “Are you a family caregiver?” several are quick to reply, “No.”   When the question is re-framed as, “Do you look after a sick, disabled family member, aging parent or friend without Read more…

Who’s Who On Your Care Team

I met with Mr.D, a 59 year-old who suffered a pretty serious stroke a few months ago.  He has two kids, both out of town.  Mr. D is doing quite well considering his brain injury.  He needs some support in organizing his day to day activities and needs some help with reminders. When I arrived, Read more…

Watch For The Signs: Knowing When More Support Is Needed

Watch our latest video, “Watch for the Signs” on how to recognize the “red flags” or “taking stock” of the people we care for and their abilities can be tricky to assess. Families often overlook the “signs” that the people they care for may need more help or care than they are willing to admit to. For long Read more…

How Societies Can Grow Old Better

I literally “run” into inspiring people all the time.  This week it was Mr. A, who at 69 years old, admits he enjoys aging.  He did quickly add, “for the most part”. I ran into Mr. A on my early morning run.  We plodded along for about 30 minutes. He runs 5 days a week Read more…

How Does One Become a Gerontologist?

Many people I connect with ask why I became a Gerontologist. The answer is easy: my grandmother and the influence she had on my life. Meet Me – Wendy – at nine years; a beanpole with eternally frizzy hair. I’m visiting my Nana J’s house, located just around the corner from my family home, in Read more…

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“You are amazing! What I tried to do in 2 months, you did in 1 week. You’ve helped us navigate the system, made sense of Mom’s disease, and gave back her independence and control. Thank you for making such a difference in Mom’s life and giving us, her family, complete peace of mind.”

– Mike G., Nanaimo, BC

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